Pokolbin: Heritage, views and vineyards for days
Do you want to splash out on a hen’s weekend, a milestone birthday or a romantic getaway? Stay in the midst of natural beauty in Pokolbin, with vineyard restaurants, attractions and intriguing heritage at your fingertips. Your guided tour of vineyards here includes star-studded labels, like Tyrrell’s. In terms of distinguished Aussie wine companies, this one stems from 1858, spans five generations and is responsible for the irresistible Vat 1 Semillon.
Then, there’s Tulloch with 125 years of wine-making genius, and McGuigan Wines just happens to be right next door to the Hunter Valley Cheese Company. As if that’s not enough to tempt you to stay in the area, it’s the home of the Pokolbin Chocolate and Jam Company shop. There’s no limit (or judgement) on how often you pop in for creamy Belgian chocolate and decadent fudge.
When it’s time to make room for more gourmet delights, there’s plenty to do in the great outdoors. Hire a bike and cycle along leafy country roads. Meander through the Hunter Valley Gardens among waterfalls, statues, roses and nursery rhyme characters. If you fancy taking a swing, tee off at championship golf courses and gallop across country trails on a horseback riding tour.
Back to that tempting food though – Pokolbin boasts an array of tantalising restaurants, from the acclaimed contemporary cuisine at Muse Kitchen to Sabor Dessert Bar for macarons and moreish cheesecakes. If you’re thinking there’s just too much to do in Pokolbin for a weekend, you’re right! However, you’ll get a complete snapshot with our Hunter Valley tours.
In terms of accommodation, Pokolbin is the place to stay for luxurious spa resorts, homesteads, serene retreats and elegant country cottages. As it’s so central to attractions, accommodation prices tend to reflect the location. However, it’s certainly possible to find affordable rooms on Airbnb for budget breaks.